Browser Faceoff: How Much Faster Is Microsoft Edge Compared To Chrome?

Browser Faceoff: How Much Faster Is Microsoft Edge Compared To Chrome?

Microsoft’s official web browser for Windows has long been derided for being glacially slow; especially when compared to leaner rivals like Google Chrome. All that could be set to change with the release of Windows 10, however. If Microsoft can be believed, its new Edge browser is a whopping 112% faster than Chrome.

In a recent Windows blog post, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul boasted about Edge’s significant performance gains over Google Chrome in its benchmarks:

The Edge team has been continuing to optimize performance since first adding the new browser to Windows 10. In this build, Microsoft Edge is even better and is beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks:

  • On WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112% faster than Chrome
  • On Google Octane, Edge is 11% faster than Chrome
  • On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37% faster than Chrome

We’re really pleased with those performance gains and we hope that you’ll enjoy faster browsing with Microsoft Edge along with the many great features we’ve added over the last several builds.

As mentioned above, the speed face-off was conducted using benchmarks developed by Microsoft’s rivals; Google Octane, Apple JetStream and WebKit Sunspider. Not too shabby!

If these results can be replicated in the final release, we may have a new king of the browsers on our hands. Your move, Google.

Build 10240 now available for Windows Insiders in Fast and Slow rings [Windows Blog]


  • Wow – At 112% faster than chrome, it deliverers 12% ahead of when you click on a link!

    Dodgy measures make for dodgy claims.

    • 100% faster means double speed.
      112% faster means it performs its task at 2.12x the speed (or completes in 0.47x the time).

      Dodgy intellect makes for dodgy posts

  • If javascript speed was all that matters I would still be using IE2 (*sarcasm*)
    People prefer other browser over IE not because (sometimes despite) of the speed, but because of other useful features – available extensions and security for example.

    P.S. Browser that strives to take all available memory and then a little bit more can hardly be called “lean” 🙂

    • ^ THis ^
      I have no problem with Edge on Win 10 preview and it does seem to integrate better on my low power tablet. But it won’t be considered above Chrome till I get some plug ins – Lastpass, Adblock and Evernote may be all I need

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